I got a new MacBook Air and it’s nice (8.5/10) but, even though I know the butterfly keyboard is supposed to be better than previous generations, I am terrified at the thought of a crumb, fuzz, or random hair getting in there. 😕

Does anyone have an automator script for posting to Micro.blog from a Mac? I’m looking for something similar to this script for drafts on iOS. I thought I would ask before trying to adapt the iOS script.

Center Your Photo Index

Sometimes the simplest solution is easily overlooked.

Adding style="text-align: center" inline to the microgram photos page will center the grid. Here is the full snippet which finally worked for me:

<link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="https://microgram.cleverdevil.io/css" />

<div id="microgram" style="text-align: center">
  loading ...

<script src="https://microgram.cleverdevil.io/js"></script>

I spent an embarrasingly long amount of time trying to center the grid using the custom CSS. I even thought I may have to learn python1 when I looked at the microgram repo. It took me a long time to even think of trying to change the style inline but it works. You can see it on my photos page.

  1. I should actually look into learning python sooner rather than later. [return]

Also, thank you @amit for a great write up on moving to Hugo. It’s an awesome intro to Hugo in action.

Has anyone else spent all their free time looking into theme customization options for Micro.blog? The latest update has really opened the floodgates for me. So much to tinker with. 🙌

Watched both Fyre Festival documentaries this weekend. What a dumpster fire! That said, I think the Hulu doc edged out the Netflix one for me — I expected the opposite. Was the Netflix doc produced by the social media marketing team (fuckjerry) of the actual festival?

I subscribed to the excellent Drafts app by @agiletortoise. Drafts is full of features (some beyond me), but if I’m being honest, I subbed so I can change the theme. I don’t know why but it’s sometimes easier to justify paying for cosmetic features as opposed to actual features.

Trump ally Roger Stone arrested on seven charges in Mueller inquiry — The Guardian — arrested in the middle of the night like a common criminal. It’s about time.

More green while on a walk outside. It’s a good way to pretend that it’s not winter. OK, I will admit, it’s not really winter here but the cold still inhibits taking walks so I look for a few images to capture.

Sure it’s raining but it’s not bad enough to stop me from going out for a walk.

Night time walk by Rice Village.

📷 Such a nice find. Not even that far from home. 🌺

😎 Sunny Holidays to all! 📷 I don’t think I’m wintering right. 🤔

Walking around during the fall. It seems like one day it’s chilly and the next it’s humid. Wondering how long until we get a proper winter here in Texas.

It’s not that exciting, just a picture of the ground, but I like the textures of the fall.

The doggo and I go out there looking for some color.

🌳 I found this beauty on the next block over. I’m afraid my iphoto does it no justice. 📷

Different day, different angle, same tree.

Dear neighbor, I must apologize but my dog thinks this is a command. I have tried to not walk by your place but you’re right across the street, if I walk long enough I am bound to come by your yard. I have tried pulling her to the next yard or rush by but inevitably she obeys the sign. I make sure to pick it up every time.

Yesterday, there was a house in that spot. I walk by there almost every day and I didn’t even know it was vacant. Tomorrow, it will probably be townhomes.

She likes it when the leaves 🍁 turn. Maybe it’s because she can blend in better.

The new Photo Feed

A page for all my photos. Thank you @cleverdevil for doing the hard work and thank you @manton for setting up the feed.

I got my photo grid page up and running. It could not have been any easier. Just copy and paste this into a new page:

<link type="text/css" rel="stylesheet" href="https://microgram.cleverdevil.io/css" />

<div id="microgram">
  Loading ...

<script src="https://microgram.cleverdevil.io/js"></script>

Micro.blog Keeps Moving Forward

I stay offline for a week on Thanksgiving and come back to some great of Micro.blog improvements:

  1. A feed for Photos!
  2. Ongoing bug fixes and improvements to ActivityPub/Mastodon compatibility. I particularly appreciate skipping replies that don’t mention an ActivityPub user which I took to mean that only replies to users active on Mastodon will be posted on Mastodon.

It all begs the question, when does @manton go on holiday?

Now I’m off to figure out how to set up my photos page.

FYI if you follow #spacestation on Instagram, and I assume other space related tags, you’ll start getting flat earth posts on your feed no matter how many times you tell Instagram not to include those posts with the tag. UGH! 🤦🏻‍♂️

Let’s go to the Replay

Welcome to a world where politics has become sports entertainment, complete with instant replays: People Are Arguing About Whether This Trump Press Conference Video Is Doctored

A viral clip showing a confrontation between CNN reporter Jim Acosta and a White House aide at a Wednesday press conference with President Trump has provided us with a handy example of the coming video manipulation dystopia.

The video, tweeted by Paul Joseph Watson, an editor of the conspiracy site Infowars, purports to show that Acosta touched the aide as she tried to take a microphone away from Acosta.

Here’s the most frustrating part:

The video clip was picked up and tweeted by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as proof that Acosta “put his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job.”

Sped up in practice, even if not deliberately.

There’s no evidence that the video was deliberately sped up — the change in format, from a high-quality video to a low-quality GIF, turns the question of whether it was “doctored” into a semantic debate.

This video analysis by BuzzFeed News demonstrates what the GIF conversion process does to video. While it’s not technically “sped up” by intent, it effectively is in practice.

It is worrying to think of the coming era of video manipulation, but, whether it was sped up or not is almost besides the point. We know from years of sports rivalries that motivated reasoning will make fans look at the same evidence and find the opposing team at fault.